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No. 157: a Magazine of Magazines, Daring Dystopian Comics, a New Travelogue from Louise Fili + more

Hello, and welcome to our new look Design Diary, a collection of five fab projects from across the world that have impressed us this week. For more creative gems along these lines (and so many others) follow along all day, every day on Instagram @AIGAeyeondesignFacebook, and Twitter @AIGAeyeondesign.

Notes from The Modern Magazine 2016

A magazine of magazines

The trouble with conferences is how timely they are. Once they’re done, they’re done, and anyone who wasn’t in the audience will see their FOMO turn to ROMO (reality of missing out) as reports from the front line begin to circulate. There’s also the issue of woefully fallible human memory getting in the way of reliving the highs of the day in the aftermath. If only there were a way for guests and misser-outers alike to enjoy the fruits of that conference forever. Jeremy Leslie of Magculture believes he has the solution.

During the 2016 edition of his Modern Magazine conference, Leslie and his team (helmed by our staff writer Madeleine Morley, with just the tiniest of inputs from me) recorded the entirety of the day’s proceedings, and in its wake put together a magazine of magazines that reproduces the talks verbatim in the style and format of each speaker’s publication; a comic for Terri White of Empire magazine, the Vice mobile experience for its editor-in-chief Rebecca Nicholson. It’s a nice touch, and even though it’s taken nearly a year to see the light of day, is certain to get last year’s guests and this year’s contingent excited about the 2017 edition in late October.

Eye 94

One in 8,000

Speaking of magazines how do you like the look of these striking covers for Eye 94? Not bad eh? Look quite different don’t they? And so do all of the 8,000 copies in this issue’s edition—each a unique piece of artwork designed by Paul McNeil and Hamish Muir, based on their typefaces TwoPoint and TwoPlus.

“For this issue, the covers were printed on the HP Indigo 10000 digital press, using a variable data program called Mosaic,” says Eye. The remainder of the magazine was printed offset litho. The Mosaic program supplies a different image file for each pass of the press, each derived in this case from a number of ‘seed’ files supplied by MuirMcNeil that repeat the letters of the word ‘eye.’ Mosaic makes it possible to resize, rotate and change the colour of the artwork, cropping it to make each cover unique.”

Never one to simply judge a magazine by its cover, I must also assert that the content is of reliably high quality too; a type special with features on Nadine Chahine, MuirMcNeil, NovoTypo, House Industries, and Neue Kabel. Oddly enough Madeleine Morley has had a hand in this issue too, alongside occasional contributor Billie Muraben. Where do they find the time?

Grafica de les Rambles

A new visual travelogue from Louise Fili

Fans of the mighty Louise Fili will be delighted to hear that the master of decorative design has a new book in the works which will be landing in mid-September. The volume takes the Catalan city of Barcelona as its focus, exploring the irresistible charm of its decorative signage and hand-made wayfinding as inspiration.

Grafica de les Rambles is Fili’s travelogue and photographic diary of the most striking and inventive signs for restaurants and hotels, farmacias and pastisserias, the workshops of artisans, and grand department stores,” says Princeton Architectural Press. Featuring sketches and photographs collated by the designer, the book follows in the footsteps of her homages to the signage of Italy and Paris.

Put September 26 in your diaries.


Dystopian futures with a present day flavor

“A small city near the coast in the north of England finds itself in a global race for survival as ocean levels rise around it,” reads the blurb on the back of Joseph P Kelly’s latest comic Paywall, published by Landfill Editions. “Ruthless self interest has become a necessity in a world of finite resources and distressing international events. Local populations can justify they existence through collaboration with multinational business and a flexible response to global markets.”

Cue a violent exploration of a dystopian future that worryingly no longer seems all that dystopian or futuristic. With Paywall, Kelly imagines a world strangled by the vice-like grip of privatization, waiting for humanity to be wiped out by either natural disaster, or personal debt. Intricately drawn and sparsely coloured, the comic calls to mind the finest hyper-corporate science-fi of the 1980s, with the real brands of today taking the place of Skynet or Omni Consumer Products. Oh, and it features a massive wall.


New work from a young Argentine studio

And now for something completely different; how about this tasty piece of sleeve design from Buenos Aires-based studio Amateur.rocks. “Ascensores 017 -25:57 is a lo-fi record adapted to a live format that combines more than two years of studio sessions, live recordings, and other miscellany. From here, we translate all this universe of loops and hypnotizing sounds through a simple visual system using repetition as the main resource.” Slick, simple, and completely no-frills, I’m looking forward to seeing what this young studio comes up with in future. 

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